Recently I had a moment of peace. A complete moment when I truly felt that we’ve made the right decision to move our children half way around the world. To take a year off from traditional work and see where it will take us.
It is a dream that many have, but few actually attempt, because it is SCARY. It can be the most frightening thing not to know how things will turn out. At least back home, working 9 hours a day, 5 days a week, I knew where my next pay cheque was coming from. I could plan out and budget for expenses.
Now we are living somewhat by the seat of our pants. Yes, of course we have a basic income – but it won’t last forever if we can’t make our dreams work out. Though there is always the option of returning to Canada and back into the 9-to-5 work force, it is really not something we are keen on doing.
Then, in a moment of worry and self-doubt, I was overcome by the sense of peace. In that moment I remembered that the most important thing in my life was my family. That the reason we had left behind a more traditional way of earning a living was because we wanted to spend more time together.
For us, it was a decision based on priorities. We really took the time to examine what we truly needed in our lives and what were just commercial desires. In the end, what was most important was our quality of life together as a family.
We were no longer content to spend only the weekends together. No longer content to wait for those 2 weeks of holidays a year. We wanted, no demanded, to create a life that allowed us to spend the majority of our time together. The final outcome is not to have an overflowing bank account, but to experience and enjoy the adventures of our lives together.
Our time together does not entail expensive outings, toys or activities. It is as simple as a day at the beach, fishing off the rocks, a sandy picnic, exploring rocks and shells, coming home to snacks by the telly, making dinner and watching movies together, reading books and enjoying each others company. It really doesn’t cost much.
You don’t need as much money as you think you do.
My moment of peace makes the unknown into an adventure. It is entirely possible to give up everything for something better. For me, the little things truly are the biggest things in my life.